What Happens When You Release Your Domain Name from Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

[This post comes to us courtesy of Swapnil Rane and Charanjeet Singh from Commercial Technical Support] If you wish to change the public domain name linked to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials server you have two options. You can rerun the Access Anywhere Wizard from the HOME tab. Make sure “Skip Domain Name setup…. Read more

User Groups and Distribution Groups in Windows Server Essentials

[Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Yang Cao and Yuheng Cai from Sustained Engineering] To easily manage more than one user simultaneously, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (or the Windows Server Essentials Experience role on Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter) now enables you to group users together into… Read more

What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: protecting data on the server and on the clients

Hello, this is Yang. Today let’s talk about data protection. Depending on your needs, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials provides various backup solutions to make sure that your data is safe and recoverable. Protect server data Windows Server Backup This is the traditional on-premises solution for backing up the entire server (system + data) to… Read more

You may be unable to run post-deployment configuration wizard after you install the Windows Server Essentials Experience role

[This post comes to us courtesy of Rituraj Choudhary & Ajay Sarkaria from Commercial Technical Support] Once the Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 setup is complete, the server reboots to the desktop and would ask you to configure Windows Server Essentials Experience role. After the role is installed and you run the Post-deployment Configuration Wizard,… Read more

Upgrading Windows 8 clients to Windows 8.1 in Windows Server 2012 Essentials Environment

[This post comes to us courtesy of Manish Kapoor from Commercial Technical Support] If you have a Windows 8 client connected to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials using the Windows Server Essentials Connector and you upgrade it to Windows 8.1, you may experience the following issues after the upgrade is complete: a) On… Read more

My Server 2012 R2 Windows and Windows Phone apps

Hi, my name is Chungang Liu. I am a program manager with the Windows Server Essentials Team. Today, I am very pleased to announce that My Server 2012 R2 is available in the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store as a free download. My Server 2012 R2 is the updated version of My Server,… Read more

Hosting Windows Server Essentials Experience in Windows Azure

Hello, this is Yang from the Windows Server Essentials team. Today I would like to introduce you to a new way of getting Windows Server Essentials Experience running, and it takes less than 30 minutes. Of course, the magic happens with Windows Azure! On October 18, 2013, together with the Windows Server 2012 R2 GA… Read more

Services Integration Overview for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – Part 2

Hi, this is Yuheng, program manager on the Windows Server Essentials product team. This is our second blog post in the two-part Services Integration series. In this post, I will introduce you to new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: SharePoint Online library management and Exchange ActiveSync integration, a part of the Office 365… Read more

Services Integration Overview for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – Part 1

Hi, this is Yuheng, program manager on the Windows Server Essentials product team. In this blog post, I would like to give you an overview of Services Integration, which will be followed by an additional post that is specific to new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: SharePoint Online integration and Exchange ActiveSync integration…. Read more

Enabling multiple instances of Windows Server Essentials Experience in your environment

Hi, this is Mike, program manager from the Windows Server Essentials team. In this blog, I’m going to talk about why and how to enable multiple instances of the new Windows Server Essentials Experience server role in Windows Server 2012 R2 in your environment. As you may know, Windows Server Essentials Experience provides a set… Read more